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Monday, April 12, 2010

Live from Afghanistan, former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes gives us an update on what’s happening there. Then, Army gunner Ryan Conklin describes what it's been like for him to serve on the front lines in Iraq. And Olga Grushin discusses her second novel, The Line. Also, science writer Stephen Hall traces the history of wisdom, from philosophy to neuroscience.

Update on Afghanistan

Live from Kandahar, Sarah Chayes gives us an update on what’s going on in Afghanistan. She’s been living and working in Kandahar since 2001, when she covered the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio. In 2002 she decided to leave journalism to help rebuild the country, whose fate ...

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An Angel from Hell

Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army when he was 17, following 9/11. He served in Tikrit, Iraq, as a turret gunner with the 101st Airborne and was a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment—the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he became a cast member ...

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The Line

Novelist Olga Grushin discusses her latest book, The Line, about the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials abuse their powers. It tells the story of what happens when a line begins to form for tickets to a concert by an exiled composer returning to ...

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Wisdom

Stephen S. Hall explores the history of wisdom and its journey from philosophy to science. He looks at how wisdom became one of our most cherished ideals, and at the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of it. In Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience he reveals ...

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